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The Sunday Blitz – FanDuel Week 15

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Week 14

The standard salary cap is $60,000. The familiar names and studs will put a dent in your salary cap so you will need to find some value picks along the way. This contest includes only the Sunday games so you’ll have until 1 p.m. kickoff when rosters lock to sign up.


I think this is the toughest call of the weekend: Who should be selected at quarterback? There is no striking value player other than
Kirk Cousins ($5,100), but that is a very risky situation. If Cousins can muster 15-20 points, you have a steal at that price and can bolster the rest of your team.
Matt Ryan ($7,500) is a decent play, but I like having Atlanta’s running back and wide receiver in my lineup this week (read below). When there are no standout value picks, I would look at the stud quarterbacks like
Nick Foles ($9,200) or
Matthew Stafford ($9,300), who are playing in domes this weekend.

See who you can fit in your lineup. There are essentially three ways to look at it. If you can afford a stud, I would go with Foles. If not, roll with
Matt Ryan

. If you want to take a risk,
Kirk Cousins

is your guy.


Shane Vereen
– $7,600 – His price has jumped up, but his usage should only increase with the loss of Rob Gronkowski. Of all the running backs in the $7,000 range, he is my favorite choice. If
Reggie Bush is declared out, I would lock
Joique Bell in my lineup at $7,000.

Steven Jackson
$6,300 – I am locking Jackson in my lineup against Washington, which is a disaster. For all the trouble that Jackson gave fantasy owners this season, it is his time to give them back something during this fantasy playoff holiday season.

Injury Corner
: I’ve already mentioned
Reggie Bush

, but another stud who was nicked up in Week 14 was
Eddie Lacy

. If he cannot go,
James Starks ($4,500) is in the discussion.
Chris Ogbonnaya ($4,500) may get the start with
Willis McGahee looking doubtful. He may be a reach, but he does get a handful of catches.
Jordan Todman ($4,600) would start if
Maurice Jones-Drew cannot dress. If
Toby Gerhart ($5,600) cannot fill in for
Adrian Peterson, you should ignore that backfield.

Joique Bell

James Starks

are the top two fill-ins if their respective starters miss the game.


Alshon Jeffery ($7,800) may not have the household name as a stud, but there is no question he has been one this season.
Brandon Marshall will likely get the matchup with

Joe Haden

, which will leave Jeffery with plenty of opportunities.
Calvin Johnson ($9,900) will take the stage on Monday night and you would expect big things from this stud on the fast track. I think the opportunity is there to get him in your lineup this week with the value plays at running back and tight end.

A notch below:

DeSean Jackson ($6,900) has topped 100 yards receiving in just one of his last eight games. He has also averaged just four catches in his last five games, but has scored three times in that same span. The big play threat always has a chance for one of those four-catch, 160-yard, two-touchdown stat lines, though. In order to win the big tournaments, you need to start the risk/reward players.
Roddy White ($6,200) has been coming along the last two games and now faces Washington’s brutal defense. White probably offers similar big play ability as Jackson and is a safer bet in this matchup.

Talkin’ cheap
Julian Edelman’s price jumped a few hundred dollars ($5,500), but he is still worthy of your third wide receiver slot.
Cecil Shorts ($5,500) is also worthy of a pick at this low price against Buffalo at home.
Ace Sanders is starting to steal some of the spotlight, but Shorts is still the No. 1 target.
T.Y. Hilton ($5,300) has gone quiet, but just like DeSean Jackson, he has the big play potential. The last time he scored a touchdown (and there were three that game) was against Houston, his opponent this week.

: 1) Stud 2) Mid-range 3) Cheap play (safe or boom/bust). Johnson/White/Hilton or Johnson/Jackson/Edelman are some possibilities.


If it weren’t for the injury to
Rob Gronkowski last week, the suggested Week 14 lineup would have been a big hit thanks to big time performances from
Josh McCown,
Shane Vereen, and even kicker
Matt Prater.

Greg Olsen
– $5,800 – Solid matchup at a respectable price.

Dennis Pitta – $5,700 – Right back in the TE1 mix so he’s worth a look at this price

Tony Gonzalez – $5,300 – Continuing with this week’s theme of starting Atlanta players.

Delanie Walker – $4,800 – If cleared, he gets Arizona, ranked last against tight ends.

If Walker practices all week, I would take a strong look at this play at $4,800. If he is iffy this week, roll with Pitta in the dome on Monday night at Detroit or Gonzalez if you do not already have the rest of Atlanta’s roster in your lineup.


Pick your poison at the kicker position in the $5,000 price range:

Dan Bailey

– $5,000

Alternatives at $5,000
Garrett Hartley,
Ryan Succop,
Alex Henery,
Matt Bryant

As for defenses, if I had the money to spend:

Carolina (vs. New York Jets) – $6,000 – This is a hefty price tag, but they may be worth every penny.

: If you still have room for a stud defense, but cannot afford Carolina, you have
Seattle (vs. New York Giants) – $5,700.

Even cheaper, you have:
Buffalo (at Jacksonville) – $5,300;
Dallas (vs. Green Bay) – $5,100

I would go with Carolina at $6,000. Or, save $900, take Dallas and upgrade another position.

Good luck in Week 15!

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